Publié le 21 March 2012

Proceedings of the colloquium

Proceedings of the colloquium

Introduction “Thinking change”

The CCFD-Terre Solidaire established this colloquium as part of a prospective reflection project in order to better face up to the issues of the future. We need to take another look at the very concept of development. We need to define paths for meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow both in the south as well as in the north. We need to find solutions to the financial, economic, social, environmental, food and moral cri- ses of a system that is coming to an end. to quote the spoonerism (in french) of francis Blanche: “it is better to think change than to change the bandage (il vaut mieux penser le changement plutôt que de changer le pansement)”.

And we cannot do this on our own! it can only be done together as decision-makers, researchers, activists, partners by listening to each other, by debating and exchanging ideas so that truly innovative proposals may develop.

In bringing together actors from more than twenty nations, this colloquium has enabled us to bring forth innovative and audacious proposals for a human and solidarity development.

The proposals that we have drawn up together in this brief and dynamic report concern three central themes developed by the invitees at our round tables and introduced through the papers of Xavier Ricard, Catherine Gaudard and Guy Aurenche from the CCFD-Terre Solidaire.


In this world where “shareholder” capitalism predominates and where finance has taken over the real economy, is it really possible to move towards an economy at the man’s service?

If yes, how? What kind of transition is possible towards “another economy”?

Can the social and solidarity economy really become a global alter- native?


World government, as all the evidence shows, is not functioning well enough at present to regulate globalisation in its neo-liberal phase. this is particularly true with respect to economic and finan- cial regulation.

Is governance for an earth of solidarity still possible? if yes, how? What place for territories, from local level to nation-state, to the great regions and at world level? What articulation between these levels? What place for civil societies?

3.The person and his/her responsibility

Facing these issues, is each person responsible and can he/she become an actor for change?

The individual singular man or the member of collective humanity? What place for convictions in this process? in order to build another world, we need to act on these different leverage levels:

  • That of the economy, certainly, without which development is not possible,
  • That of governance and therefore politics, which remains primary,
  • That of the responsibility of each person and citizen action.

We need also, and above all, to share the hope and energy that all the participants in this colloquium have displayed through the two days of rich and constructive debate: “Another world is possible”.

This is the issue that the ccfd-terre solidaire wishes to tackle in the years to come!

Enjoy your reading!

Bernard Pinaud - managing director of the CCFD-Terre Solidaire

Nos projets

23 octobre 2018

En Amazonie, lutter contre le désespoir et le suicide des jeunes indigènes Madiha

Les Madiha, peuple indigène amazonien, sont confrontés à une grave crise sociale qui se traduit par une vague de suicides sans précédents (...)

13 septembre 2018

Au Sénégal, la population vent debout contre la centrale à charbon de Bargny

Au Sénégal, la construction d’une centrale à charbon suscite une forte opposition locale. Outre son impact sur le réchauffement climatique (...)

21 août 2018

Egypte : une pépinière théâtrale au Caire

FDM n°305

Alors que la libre parole se réduit à peau de chagrin depuis la prise de pouvoir du président Sissi en 2013, un centre de formation au (...)


8 novembre 2018

RDC : 9 villages portent plainte contre une banque de développement allemande (communiqué)

Neuf communautés de la République démocratique du Congo ont accompli un geste historique cette semaine : elles ont porté plainte contre la (...)

7 novembre 2018

Samouni Road, un documentaire animé bouleversant sur une famille de Gaza

Comment faire face à l’indicible ? Stefano Savona a choisi de mêler images vidéos tournées sur le terrain et animées pour raconter la (...)

5 novembre 2018

1 an après les Paradise Papers : Où en est la lutte contre l’évasion fiscale ? (communiqué)

Les Paradise Papers, révélés le 5 novembre 2017 par le Consortium international des journalistes d’investigation (ICIJ), ont porté à la (...)

Nos rapports